EDMONTON, Alberta - Former Jonathan Dayton and Rutgers standout Anthony Cioffi had an excellent rookie campaign in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Cioffi and the Ottawa Redblacks came up just short against the Calgary Stampeders in the 106th Grey Cup, losing by a score of 27 to 16. The game was played at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, home of the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos.
In the championship game, Cioffi had one tackle. He also had a key interception of Hamilton Tiger-Cats Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli in the East Division Final that led to a Redblacks score in what was at that point a tight game.
In his first CFL season with the Redblacks, Cioffi worked his way up to the starting position of strong-side or SAM linebacker. In football terminology, the SAM linebacker is most often placed as a pass rusher to put pressure on the quarterback.
In 15 games played in the CFL regular season, Cioffi had 36 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
During his 47- game college career at Rutgers, Cioffi, who started 33 times, had 168 tackles, two and a half sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and eight interceptions. Cioffi played a variety of defensive backfield roles including, cornerback, free safety and strong safety.